According to a discussion I just had actually, http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....showtopic=59343 , you need not worry about writing back to the CD without gaps even if you rip to tracks. In addition, you can create CUE sheets for tracks that preserve all the gap settings.
I myself make WavPack images which i use for both archiving and playback, since i don't have to think about the 'HTOA' issue and also since i think that it's nicer to have a single file that represents a single CD, but again, it all comes down to how you yourself feels about this issue...
PS: I am a Mac/Linux user.
i believe in the death of CD soon, so i don't care anymore for cuesheets or corrected gaps as long as they are ripped with appended gaps on previous track (default). music will be entirely digital in a few years.
what is important is to establish a "future-proof" scheme. I personally have all Jean Michel Jarre collection in which case many tracks are blended into each other, yet I still split them in tracks - thinking ahead though - in the future more DAP players will handle FLAC and will support Gapless playback. Believe this Cuesheet deal will be over sooner than you think...
the other downside is playback, it's a pain skipping tracks and trying to find where's what.
the split tracks strategy is the recommended for playback[...]
My FLAC library consists of all single-file images with embedded CUE sheet and album-art.There is a plethora of software that can deal with these files:burrrn for burning Audio CDs, Foobar/CUEProc to transcode them to a lossy format; just to name a few.
and in preperation for getting a SqueezeBox
The squeezbox handles single file flac + cue pretty well.
Just a question: is it possible to "mount" the cuesheet in a virtual CD drive and rip or play from there? Are there any virtual CD drives that support FLAC cuesheets? I have been storing a lot of albums as CD images, but it takes a lot of space.